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Title: Teaching the English active and passive voice with the help of cognitive grammar: An empirical study
Authors: Bielak, Jakub
Mystkowska-Wiertelak, Anna
Pawlak, Mirosław
Keywords: pedagogical application of cognitive grammar
active and passive voice
reference point model
subject
topic
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Publisher: Zakład Filologii Angielskiej Wydział Pedagogiczno-Artystyczny Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Kaliszu
Citation: Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 2013, vol. 3, no. 4, pp.581-619
Abstract: Functionally-oriented linguistic theories, such as cognitive grammar (CG), offer nu- anced descriptions of the meanings and uses of grammatical features. A simplified characterization of the semantics of the English active and passive voice grounded in CG terms and based on the reference point model is presented, as it is the basis of the instructional treatment offered to one of the groups in the quasi-experimental study reported in the paper The study compares the effects of feature-focused grammatical instruction covering the form and meaning/use of the English voices based on CG with those of teaching based on standard pedagogical grammar rules. The results point to relatively high effectiveness of both instructional options in fostering the use of the target structures in both more controlled and more spontaneous performance, with traditional instruction being more successful than that based on CG with respect to the latter. A possible explanation of this superiority is that the subset of the participants (n = 27) exposed to the traditional explanations found them simple and easy to apply, contrary to the situation in the other group.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10593/10314
ISSN: 2083 5205
Appears in Collections:Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 2013, vol. 3, no. 4

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